This extensive and exhilarating 11 day tour of Uganda will give you an in depth insight into this wonderful country’s wildlife and culture. It includes the very best areas for viewing a diverse range of animal and plant species as it covers various terrains and landscapes all in one trip. Enjoy treks through primeval forest in search of fascinating chimpanzees and Mountain Gorillas, take nature trails, safari walks, boat trips and cultural visits. Travel is by comfortable 4x4 safari vehicle with an expert driver-guide.
The magnificent Murchison Falls are formed where the Nile – the world's longest river – is channelled through a narrow gorge forming a spectacular natural attraction. The surrounding National Park encompasses the larger area of river, streams and forest with a vast range of flora and fauna dependent on this terrain.
The adventure starts with a journey to Kibale Forest which has one of the largest numbers of primate species in Africa - 13 species. This includes chimpanzees which number over 1,450 – the largest population in Uganda. Other animals to be found here include many types of rare monkey, forest elephant, bush pigs, buffalo and 325 recorded species of birds.
As Uganda’s most popular reserve Queen Elizabeth National Park has a variety of terrain. Its volcanic craters, open savannah plains, forest, rivers and Lakeland provide diverse habitats which attract a plethora of animals. This is classic Africa – with all the safari animals you’d expect including elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, hyena, hippo, crocodile and much more.
Ishasha is a forested area and is home to chimpanzees and various species of monkey including black and white colobus, baboons, red-tailed monkeys and vervet monkeys. Hyena and leopard are evident as are large prides of lion - including the famous tree-climbing lions.
We then head into the World Heritage Site of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. This is a rare opportunity to visit some of the World’s last tracts of primeval forest - it is virtually untouched and retains an awe-inspiring collection of endangered flora and fauna including Mountain Gorillas.
The tour later continues to Lake Mburo which has wonderful scenery and a chance to either relax after your days of jungle trekking or you can join other activities such as safari walks, night drives or horse-riding treks.
The tour operates by road in a comfortable 4x4 vehicle (from and back to Entebbe). Scheduled / Shared Departures bring great value on set dates or Private Departures depart on any day (subject to availability).
There are two price levels dependyhng on your choice of accommodation – Mid Range and Up Market.
The Mid Range option includes:
The Up Market option includes:
Day 1 Entebbe to Murchison Falls
You will be met at Entebbe airport and assisted through customs (or picked up from an Entebbe hotel). Depart with your friendly, expert driver-guide who will provide knowledge and assistance throughout your safari. Head for Murchison Falls north west of Kampala with a stop en route at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. (This was created to re-introduce Rhino to Uganda after their extinction in 1982). Lunch and proceed to Chobe with panoramic views of the Nile as you enjoy your first evening in the wilderness. (Meals and Overnight at Chobe Safari Lodge).
Day 2 Nature Walks / Game Drive - Murchison Falls National Park
Take nature walks in the Africa bush viewing the birdlife, butterflies, scenery and the panoramic views of the Nile. After lunch there is time to relax before proceeding to the heart of the Murchison Falls National Park for an evening game drive where your guide will help you spot the plethora of wildlife found in the Park. (Meals and Overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge).
Day 3 Game Drive / Boat Ride – Murchison Falls National Park
Early morning game drive to the delta circuit where there’s a possibility of spotting the leopards along the leopard track, the Jackson's hartebeest, large concentrations of Uganda Kobs because of the many breeding grounds and large families of the Defassa waterbuck, together with giraffe herds, groups of the dainty oribi and buffalo herds. The high supply of Kobs attracts good numbers of lion to the area. Lunch at the lodge.
In the afternoon, take an exciting boat safari upstream to the calm Victoria Nile and the base of the falls, just 10 meters from the "Devil's Cauldron”. You have an option to hike to the top of the Murchison Falls, from this vantage point you will have an opportunity to see the Nile's beauty perfected as you watch the Nile forced through a seven meter cleft in the rocks and plunge 45 meters below, forming a spectacular rainbow. (Meals and Overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge).
Day 4 Safari along the Albertine Escarpment
An early start for Fort Portal (approx 8 hrs) via the Albertine Escarpment of the western Rift valley. You will drive though verdant countryside and traditional homesteads and farms. Fort Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled "Mountains of the Moon". Lunch in Fort Portal and proceed to the Lodge arriving late afternoon. (Meals and Overnight at your choice of Lodge).
Day 5 Chimpanzee Tracking - Kibale Forest (tracking takes 3 to 4 hrs)
After Breakfast, transfer to Kanyanchu park Headquarters in time for a briefing and head out to the forest. Chimpanzee tracking starts early in the morning. The guide will provide detailed explanations on not only primates, but also on all the forest's fauna and flora, ensuring that your walk is both informative and enjoyable. This walk is excellent for viewing bird life and primates in close quarters.
After lunch, go for a walk in Bigodi - an eco-tourism swamp with rare and beautiful flora and fauna. (Meals and Overnight at your choice of Lodge).
Day 6 Kibale Forest to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Head to Queen Elizabeth National Park (approx 3 hrs). Our drive takes us through the mystical Rwenzori Mountain Range for most of the journey. Explore the Katwe crater area and later proceed to the Lodge for lunch. After lunch, enjoy a game drive where you may be rewarded with game including waterbuck, elephant, leopard, buffalo, hyena and a variety of antelope species. Enjoy a sundowner in the savannah and return to the Lodge for dinner with an option to go for a night game drive. (Meals and Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge).
Day 7 Game Viewing & Boat Ride on Kazinga Channel
An early start to embark on a morning game drive along Kasenyi track and Queens mile in the park and keep a watch out for lion, elephant, Cape Buffalo, warthogs, leopard, hyena, mongoose, waterbuck, Ugandan kob and much more.
After lunch, enjoy a unique boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. This trip passes through high concentrations of hippos and a wide variety of animals may be seen drinking at the water's edge. This river cruise offers an excellent platform for photography, bird watching and game viewing. The prolific bird life is colourful and stupendous with well over 600 recorded species having been spotted. (Meals and Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge).
Day 8 Queen Elizabeth N.P via Ishasha to Bwindi
After breakfast, start for Bwindi (approx 4 hrs) via the Ishasha section of the Queen Elizabeth National Park. Ishasha is famous for its tree climbing lions unique to this region and multitude of animals. Arrive at the Lodge in the afternoon, relax around the camp or take a village walk around Buhoma area with a visit to craft shops, local schools, hospital and later enjoy entertainment by the local community / Orphan cultural dance group. (Meals and Overnight at your choice of Lodge).
Day 9 Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (tracking takes 3 to 10 hrs)
We enter the Gorilla Sanctuary in the early morning. The rainforest is spectacular, heavily vegetated and dense landscape criss-crossed by numerous animal trails, allowing access for trekkers. The time taken and terrain varies depending on the movements of the gorillas, but the thrill of spending time with and observing these gentle giants is a rare and moving adventure that will leave you with long lasting memories. The Gorillas are shy and peaceful animals and it is an unforgettable experience to watch and photograph them as they interact with each other. Return to the lodge in the afternoon to relax. (Meals and Overnight at your choice of Lodge).
Day 10 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to Lake Mburo National Park
After breakfast, drive to Lake Mburo National Park (approx 6 hrs) with relevant stops at places of interest. Proceed to the park arriving in time for lunch. Lake Mburo has a wider range of activities available to choose from, as there are horseback safaris, night drives and walking safaris from the Lodge. However after your trek with the Gorillas you may just want to relax and enjoy the peace of this stunning park. The game drive takes you along the lakeshore track, and with its own system of game trails and cleared walkways. This would give you an opportunity to see antelope species including the cape eland (unique to this park) as well as zebra and other Big Game. (Meals and Overnight at your choice of Lodge).
Day 11 Lake Mburo to Kampala / Entebbe
Breakfast at lodge. Morning game drive and start for Kampala (approx 6 hrs) with stops at places of interest including the Equator and Mpigi Royal Drum Makers en route where you will able to watch the ceremonial drums being crafted using methods passed down through generations. Proceed to Kampala (stop for craft shopping time-permitting) then proceed to the airport to check-in for your onward flight. Or, drop off at a hotel (not included but can be arranged at a supplement).
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11 DAY ULTIMATE UGANDA SAFARI: prices are Per Person (minimum 2 people)
All transport in 4x4 vehicle and an English-speaking driver/guide. 1 Chimpanzee Permit per person. 1 Gorilla Permit per person. All park fees. All excursions as stated except optional activities at Lake Mburo or night drives (where applicable). Accommodation on a Full Board basis (picnic lunch where specified).Please select your currency:
|DATES FROM||DATES TO||MID-RANGE LODGES: SCHEDULED DEPARTURE (FROM / TO ENTEBBE)||SINGLE SUPP|
|01-Jan-14||31-Dec-14||6385 USD||1030 USD|
|MID-RANGE LODGES: PRIVATE DEPARTURE (FROM / TO ENTEBBE): BASED ON GROUP SIZE:|
|DATES FROM||DATES TO||2||3||4||5||6||SINGLE SUPP|
|01-Jan-14||31-Dec-14||7025 USD||6435 USD||6140 USD||5950 USD||5835 USD||1030 USD|
|DATES FROM||DATES TO||UP-MARKET LODGES: SCHEDULED DEPARTURE (FROM / TO ENTEBBE)||SINGLE SUPP|
|01-Jan-14||31-Dec-14||7465 USD||1355 USD|
|UP-MARKET LODGES: PRIVATE DEPARTURE (FROM / TO ENTEBBE): BASED ON GROUP SIZE:|
|DATES FROM||DATES TO||2||3||4||5||6||SINGLE SUPP|
|01-Jan-14||31-Dec-14||8100 USD||7515 USD||7220 USD||7030 USD||6915 USD||1355 USD|
Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and may change.
If you wish to discuss your requirements with one of our expert safari consultants please call on:
USATel: 1-877-710-3014 (Julie Roggow) or 1-800-642-4666 (Hildy Rubin)